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Oct
29
10:30 AM10:30

Adult Bible Forum: Annunciation and Nativity - the Virgin Mary as the Mother of God

In this presentation, Dr. David Rogner discusses how poets and painters have depicted the Virgin Mary, particularly in scenes of the Annunciation and the Nativity. In light of the 500th Reformation celebration, he also includes commentary on how the Lutheran Reformers saw the Virgin Mary.

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Oct
29
9:30 AM09:30

Reformation Sunday: 500th Anniversary Celebration

Join us this Sunday as we observe the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. We will be singing a new hymn commissioned especially for this celebration.

Jesus, Author of Salvation - A Hymn for the Festival of the Reformation

The idea for a commissioned piece to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation came from Sara Dornacker, a faithful member of First Saint Paul’s congregation and of First Saint Paul’s Choir. Sara was actively involved in many aspects of service to others, especially to those in greatest need, and had a true vision of the church as a changer of society. She understood the importance of the upcoming anniversary and supported the venture with a gift that made the commissioning possible.

Dr. David Rogner, a current member of First Saint Paul's and the church choir, was asked to write a text that reflected the Reformation Solas: grace alone, faith alone, scripture alone, with Christ at the center. Dr. Rogner’s text emphasizes a traditional Reformation message in a personal and devotional way. The message of the Reformation in “Jesus, Author of Salvation” is less upon the ‘church militant’ than upon reminding us that the truths Luther preached during the Reformation are still working to reform the hearts and lives of individual believers today.

Robert A. Hobby, an acclaimed composer and an active church musician serving Trinity English Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana, composed the tune. He is a frequent performer and clinician and has had many national leadership roles in professional and church activities.

Sara Dornacker died in the Lord on February 8, 2015. To honor her life of faith, dedicated service to her Lord, her leadership and her vision, the tune of this hymn-anthem has been named "Dornacker." We thank God for the grace and blessing that He provided to so many through Sara’s life.

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Sep
17
11:00 AM11:00

Adult Bible Study: The Reformation from 40,000 Feet, An Historical Overview

Continuing our year-long celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Pastor Jeffrey Leininger, University Pastor at Concordia University Chicago and member of First Saint Paul's, takes a fly-by approach to the Reformation’s incredible impact in the fields of religion, politics, society, and culture.

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Jul
9
11:00 AM11:00

Adult Bible Study: Another Reformer...Casiodoro de Reina

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As we celebrate this 500th year of the Lutheran Reformation, there are certainly many names of great reformers of that era that form part of our collective ecclesial memory: Luther, Calvin, Zwingli and Melanchthon, to name a few. These reformers were certainly a great part of the reformation movement still honored by churches that look back to northern Europe.

This Bible Study, presented by Rev. Dr. Douglas Groll, is an opportunity to learn about another Lutheran Reformer, the Spaniard, Casiodoro de Reina (1520-1594). Lesser known to many, de Reina is known throughout the Spanish-speaking world as the Patriarch of Hispanic Protestantism. There is much to be said about him, principally about his role as the father of modern Spanish language versions of the Bible.

Our discussion will concentrate specifically on the route to the first publication of the Spanish language Bible in 1569. We will focus on this Bible because an original First Edition (extremely rare and worth around $60,000) will be on display at Concordia University in October as a part of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.

We welcome all to show up, ask questions and experience the journey.

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Jun
11
11:00 AM11:00

The Augsburg Confession—The Exposition of the Christian Faith the Reformers were willing to die for

One week ago today, on June 4, 1530, Phillip Melanchthon presented Emperor Charles V with the reformers’ reformational understanding of the Gospel in the Augsburg Confession.

During today’s Adult Bible Class, Pastor Johnson shares the history of the Augsburg Confession, the Roman Catholic response in the Confutation, and the Lutheran defense in the Apology of the Augsburg Confession, and discusses why it was such a relevant event in the history of the Church and politics.

This is a pivotal moment in history, world politics, and religion. Were it not for the courage of these princes and reformers, we may not have ever had the freedom to worship as we enjoy today.

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May
21
11:00 AM11:00

Lutherland—A Brief Pilgrimage to Reformation Sites in Germany

Pastor Johnson shares pictures, stories, and history from two periods of Luther’s life and the Reformation: The Augustinian Cloister in Erfurt and Wartburg Castle in Eisenbach.

This is not just a travelogue or photo journal. This is living history and an encouraging journey through a place and time that transformed the world.

We invite you to join us and bring anyone who might be interested in the history of the Reformation, particularly in this, the 500th anniversary year. Show up, ask questions, and experience the journey.

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May
7
12:00 PM12:00

Beer and Wine Making Demonstration

Did you know that the Reformer, Martin Luther, said he missed his wife Katy's homemade beer every time he traveled?

Please join us on May 7th at noon for food and fellowship, as Pastor Johnson and others take us through the beer and wine making process step by step. Following our Sunday worship service and artistic presentations by various Artists of First Saint Paul’s, we meet in the church Fellowship Hall to enjoy lunch together while watching these fascinating demonstrations. We will enjoy the beer and wine we make together at the church picnic, Oktoberfest and other events later this year.

If you can join us, please let us know in the comments section or add your name to the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the church hallway. Please bring your favorite beer or wine to enjoy and share.

Contact Zach Treece through our Facebook page if you'd like to help with setup and cleanup.

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Apr
6
7:00 PM19:00

Book Club - Luther: Biography of a Reformer

In honor of the 500th anniversary of The Reformation, the Thursday night book club is reading Luther: Biography of a Reformer. Join us every other Thursday evening for fellowship and a guided discussion.

Amazon.com has books are available online at http://amzn.to/2kOX23v. Contact Marlo Schulz mschulz@fspaul.org if you'd like to pick up a book at church!

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Apr
5
7:00 AM07:00

Lenten Services: Soli Deo Gloria, glory to God alone

Soli Deo Gloria, glory to God alone
1 Corinthians 10:23-11:1
“Glory Be to Jesus" Lutheran Service Book, Hymn 433

Join us for one or both opportunities to worship today: 7AM and 7PM.

Today, we continue with Sola Fide (by faith alone), the second of our weekly Lenten services focusing on The Five Solae (Latin slogans) that emerged during the Reformation to summarize the reformers’ theological convictions about the essentials of Christianity.

The Reformation of the 16th century changed the Christian faith worldwide. Roused to action by the corruption and abuses they saw in the church of the time, Martin Luther spearheaded a movement that transformed Christianity and eventually led to the emergence of the Protestant denominations that exist today. The reformers were guided by the conviction that the church of their day had drifted away from the essential, original teachings of Christianity, especially in regard to what it was teaching about salvation—how people can be forgiven of sin through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and receive eternal life with God. The Reformation sought to re-orient Christianity on the original message of Jesus and the early church.

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Mar
29
7:00 PM19:00

Lenten Services: Solus Christus, through Christ alone

Solus Christus, through Christ alone
Romans 5:12-21
“Christ, the Love of All the Living" Lutheran Service Book, Hymn 420

Join us for one or both opportunities to worship today: 7AM and 7PM.

Today, we continue with Sola Christus (through Christ alone), the fourth of our weekly Lenten services focusing on The Five Solae (Latin slogans) that emerged during the Reformation to summarize the reformers’ theological convictions about the essentials of Christianity.

The Reformation of the 16th century changed the Christian faith worldwide. Roused to action by the corruption and abuses they saw in the church of the time, Martin Luther spearheaded a movement that transformed Christianity and eventually led to the emergence of the Protestant denominations that exist today. The reformers were guided by the conviction that the church of their day had drifted away from the essential, original teachings of Christianity, especially in regard to what it was teaching about salvation—how people can be forgiven of sin through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and receive eternal life with God. The Reformation sought to re-orient Christianity on the original message of Jesus and the early church.

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Mar
22
7:00 PM19:00

Lenten Services: Sola Gratia, by grace alone

Sola Gratia, by grace alone
Ephesians 2:1-10
“Savior, When in Dust to Thee" Lutheran Service Book, Hymn 419 

Join us for one or both opportunities to worship today: 7AM and 7PM.

Today, we continue with Sola Gratia (by grace alone), the third of our weekly Lenten services focusing on The Five Solae (Latin slogans) that emerged during the Reformation to summarize the reformers’ theological convictions about the essentials of Christianity.

The Reformation of the 16th century changed the Christian faith worldwide. Roused to action by the corruption and abuses they saw in the church of the time, Martin Luther spearheaded a movement that transformed Christianity and eventually led to the emergence of the Protestant denominations that exist today. The reformers were guided by the conviction that the church of their day had drifted away from the essential, original teachings of Christianity, especially in regard to what it was teaching about salvation—how people can be forgiven of sin through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and receive eternal life with God. The Reformation sought to re-orient Christianity on the original message of Jesus and the early church.

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Mar
15
7:00 PM19:00

Lenten Services: Sola Fide, by faith alone

Sola Fide, by faith alone
Romans 3: 21-31
“Not All the Blood of Beasts” Lutheran Service Book, Hymn 431

Join us for one or both opportunities to worship today: 7AM and 7PM.

Today, we continue with Sola Fide (by faith alone), the second of our weekly Lenten services focusing on The Five Solae (Latin slogans) that emerged during the Reformation to summarize the reformers’ theological convictions about the essentials of Christianity.

The Reformation of the 16th century changed the Christian faith worldwide. Roused to action by the corruption and abuses they saw in the church of the time, Martin Luther spearheaded a movement that transformed Christianity and eventually led to the emergence of the Protestant denominations that exist today. The reformers were guided by the conviction that the church of their day had drifted away from the essential, original teachings of Christianity, especially in regard to what it was teaching about salvation—how people can be forgiven of sin through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and receive eternal life with God. The Reformation sought to re-orient Christianity on the original message of Jesus and the early church.

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Mar
8
7:00 PM19:00

Lenten Services: Sola Scriptura, by Scripture alone

Sola Scriptura, by Scripture alone
2 Timothy 3:10-17
“O Lord, throughout These Forty Days" Lutheran Service Book, Hymn 418

Join us for one or all three opportunities to worship today: 7AM, 12PM, 7PM.

Beginning today with Sola Scriptura (by Scripture alone), our weekly Lenten services focus on The Five Solae (Latin slogans) that emerged during the Reformation to summarize the reformers’ theological convictions about the essentials of Christianity.

The Reformation of the 16th century changed the Christian faith worldwide. Roused to action by the corruption and abuses they saw in the church of the time, Martin Luther spearheaded a movement that transformed Christianity and eventually led to the emergence of the Protestant denominations that exist today. The reformers were guided by the conviction that the church of their day had drifted away from the essential, original teachings of Christianity, especially in regard to what it was teaching about salvation—how people can be forgiven of sin through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and receive eternal life with God. The Reformation sought to re-orient Christianity on the original message of Jesus and the early church.

This is what Sola Scriptura means to a few of our community members.

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Feb
9
7:00 PM19:00

Book Club - Luther: Biography of a Reformer

In honor of the 500th anniversary of The Reformation, the Thursday night book club is reading Luther: Biography of a Reformer. Join us every other Thursday evening for fellowship and a guided discussion.

Amazon.com has books are available online at http://amzn.to/2kOX23v. Contact Marlo Schulz mschulz@fspaul.org if you'd like to pick up a book at church!

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Dec
15
7:00 PM19:00

Book Club: The Theology of the Cross for the 21st Century

We continue our discussion of the book, "The Theology of the Cross for the 21st Century," a collection of essays that explore the significance of Martin Luther's theology of the cross within the context of the various world religions and philosophies. Each contributor describes and interprets this distinctive Lutheran understanding of grace with the worldview of a major tradition or system.

The articles and questions raised, guide our discussions on one of the central tenets of the Lutheran faith, as we explore together how He continues to work in and through His Church (that’s you) to transform your life and draw others into His forever family.

It's not too late to join us this week.

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Oct
30
9:30 AM09:30

Reformation Sunday

Join us this Reformation Sunday as the Reverend Dr. John Nunes, President of Concordia College New York, leads us in worship.

What is the Reformation? Martin Luther's timeless explanation of the Apostles' Creed is a simple and eloquent summary of what the Reformation was all about then and still is today.

I believe that God has made me and all creatures; that He has given me my body and soul, eyes, ears, and all my members, my reason and all my senses, and still takes care of them. He also gives me clothing and shoes, food and drink, house and home, wife and children, land, animals, and all I have. He richly and daily provides me with all that I need to support this body and life. He defends me against all danger and guards and protects me from all evil. All this He does only out of fatherly, divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness in me. For all this it is my duty to thank and praise, serve and obey Him. This is most certainly true.

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